Review | The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab & Andrea Olimpieri (Shades of Magic Vol. 1)

“You fight like a royal. Like the weapons are made of wood. Like no one means to hurt you. But this is not London, your highness.”

I really love the idea of having multiple mediums with stories of the same world. It provides different experiences while enjoying the same world, truly the best. When reading regular novels, the only reference on how the world and characters look is what’s on the page and whatever your mind makes of it. Graphic novels and comic books

I want to start with how absolutely gorgeous the art is. Andrea Olimpieri really caught the essence of Red London with this art style and colour palette. This isn’t just skill, but also proves the artist really resonated with the story in a way to beautifully project what is going on.

Storywise, this is just the best. The story arc of the first to fourth issue of the comics, which are bundled together in this trade paperback, are shaped in a different way than if you’d read the same amount of pages in a regular novel. It’s much shorter, so I can’t tell too much about the story. But because it is shorter, each moment is explored more as pictures say more than a thousand words. It’s something else for a change and I think many people might enjoy that.

I think the best part about this graphic novel is that it let’s explore some of the (recent) history and ways people live and behave in Red London. It also gives more insight about Rhy’s dad and what he did when he was still a prince. Reading this graphic novel really made me appreciate King Maresh more. I am very curious to read what ‘The Night of Knives’ will bring! It releases tomorrow and just ordered it tonight, because of course.

The Steel Prince is a prequel of A Darker Shade of Magic, but neither series spoils eachother, nor do you have to read ADSOM to understand this. It can easily be read as a standalone series and it won’t be any less fun to read.

I really recommend this graphic novel as it’s gorgeous and just another story in one of my favourite fantasy worlds. It explored more of the history of Red London and adds to the overall world building. So if you are an A Darker Shade of Magic fan or just love Schwab’s work in general, this is a must read!


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Reviews of other books by this author:

The Ash-Born Boy (The Near Witch #0.5)
The Near Witch (The Near Witch #1)

The Dark Vault (The Archived #1-2.5)

Vicious (Villains #1)
Vengeful (Villains #2)

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1)

13 thoughts on “Review | The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab & Andrea Olimpieri (Shades of Magic Vol. 1)

  1. Man, that cover is GORGEOUS. ❤ If the inner art is anything like that, I think I'd absolutely love this. 😀 Glad to hear that it doesn't spoil the rest of the series, because I haven't read them yet, so I might just pick up a copy of this. :3


  2. I’m like really jealous right now! The Shades of Magic series is one of my favourite series of all time! And I can’t get my hands on a copy of the graphic novel as they don’t sell it yet in Luxembourg. Or at least I haven’t found it yet.

    However I’m really glad that you’ve liked it and I enjoyed reading your review! 🙂

    Thank you for your post!

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    • Look at international retailers! Both Bookdepository and have them and they ship internationally. BD even ships free worldwide!

      Also, thank you! I enjoyed writing it 😀

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      • Thank you! I already considered it but I wanted to decrease my internet book buying as I want to support my local store more. However you just gave me an idea how to get it! 🙂


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